Monday, March 30, 2015

Video Of The Week: Yale Takes on Brown in Inaugural Albert Cup on the Seekonk

This week's video comes to us from the still-wintry climes of the Northeast, where Yale men's heavyweight crew took on the Bears of Brown over the weekend. The video, shot from the launch, may not have sound, but the result was a resounding early season victory for the visiting team on the Seekonk River (though the race was tighter than the times would indicate—the Bulldogs were leading by a length until a crab by Brown slowed the crew down in the final 200m).

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Preview: RowingRelatedPreseason Rankings

Washington hoists the Pac-12 varsity eight trophy, 2014 (Photo: B. Kitch)
The 2015 IRA field looks very familiar, though the power struggle at the top may just yield different results this time around. The margins were slimmer last season for the Washington Huskies, but the Ten Eyck results were just the same. Can anyone stop the Huskies this spring?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NCAA Division I Rowing Preview: The RowingRelated Preseason Top 20

Pac-12s 2014 (Photo: B. Kitch)
Spring racing season is upon us. Yes, the ice is melting (finally), and crews are back on the water in gearing up for another great year. Before we kick things off in earnest at Crew Classic, however, we'd be remiss if we didn't share our thoughts on just how this year's NCAA Rowing field stacks up. Here are the first official RowingRelated NCAA Rankings for 2015.

Crews to Watch This Weekend at the Head of the River Race in London

The calm before the storm in Putney (Photo: B. Kitch)
What is supposed to be the annual statement of winter training for most UK clubs has been missing something vital for the past two editions: a completed race!

Not deterred by the recent cancellations, 345 crews are scheduled to take to the championship course on Sunday—a figure well down on the 420 who used to fill the entry, however. The fickle nature of exchange rates are thought to be an additional factor in this reduction, as seen by the reduced overseas entries, further to the uncertainty that the recent cancellations have brought.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Best Rowing Drills: Carlos Dinares on Body Awareness Drills for Rowing

For Dinares, it begins with how you approach the oar (Photo courtesy of Carlos Dinares) 
Carlos Dinares is already a household name in many elite rowing circles, because the athletes he coaches tend to be fast. Examples? South African phenom Ursula Grobler set the lightweight women's world record for 2,000m on the erg, and has competed for the U.S. as well as the RSA national team. And, most recently, double Olympic champion sweep rower Elle Logan made the A Final at the world championships in Chungju in her first year sculling at the international level. Here, Carlos shares some insight into his approach through the below video, made specifically for our 'Best Rowing Drills' series, and outlines two ways to help understand technique better, on and off the water.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#500daystogo: Helen Glover, Julien Bahain Reflect on Rio

#500daystogo = 500 days to row (Photo: B. Kitch)
Today marks 500 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympics, and the social interwebs are alive with anticipation. That goes for the rowing world, too. Yesterday, Fitness First (UK) released the below video, featuring 2012 Olympic champion Helen Glover, alongside two of her Team GB peers, 2012 silver medalist swimmer Michael Jamieson and Olympic champion in Taekwando, Jade Jones.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Video Of The Week: Inside the Oxford University Boat Club Training Programme

This week's video offers an intense look at life as a member of Oxford University Boat Club. The crews for the 2015 Boat Races were announced on Friday, and this year's event will be historic in that it will be the first time that the men's and women's races have been held on the Tideway together on the same day. While there's evidence that the Cambridge men and women have made strides over the course of their winter training, so far the bookmakers and the pundits agree that Dark Blue is the favored colo(u)r to win again this year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Best Rowing Drills: The Athlete's Perspective, with Olympic Bronze Medalist Megan Kalmoe

Megan Kalmoe in the single (Photo: Nikki Raab)
The first three of articles in our 'Best Rowing Drills' series have focused on the view from the launch, so we thought it was time to flip the script—here, we check in with two-time Olympian and London 2012 bronze medalist Megan Kalmoe about her approach to skill and drill on the water. Kalmoe began her rowing career at the University of Washington, and earned her first international bid with the U.S. U23 team in 2005, winning gold in the BW4- in Amsterdam. Since then, Megan has more often raced with two oars, switching to sculling and competing at the Olympics in Beijing and then in London, the latter of which saw her win a bronze medal in the U.S. W4x along with teammates Kara Kohler, Adrienne Martelli, and Natalie Dell. Last season, Kalmoe switched back to one oar, and earned a silver in the women's pair with Kerry Simmonds at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. Here are a few of her favorite exercises to develop rowing and sculling technique.